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New solicitation for Arctic Research Opportunities

November 16, 2020

Arctic Research Opportunities
Arctic Natural Sciences; Arctic Social Sciences; Arctic System Science; Arctic Observing Network; Polar Cyberinfrastructure; Arctic Research Coordination and Policy Support

The full solicitation is available at

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals to the Arctic Sciences Section, Office of Polar Programs (OPP), to conduct research about the Arctic region.

The goal of this solicitation is to attract research proposals that advance a fundamental, process, and/or systems-level understanding of the Arctic's rapidly changing natural environment, social and cultural systems, and, where appropriate, to improve our capacity to project future change. The Arctic Sciences Section supports research focused on the Arctic region and its connectivity with lower latitudes. The scientific scope is aligned with, but not limited to, research priorities outlined in the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) five-year plan.

The Arctic Sciences Section coordinates with programs across NSF and with other federal and international partners to co-review and co-fund Arctic-related proposals as appropriate. The Arctic Sciences Section also maintains Arctic logistical infrastructure and field support capabilities that are available to enable research.

Updates and revisions to this solicitation include:

  • It is clarified that the Arctic Sciences Section accepts proposals in the areas of Polar Cyberinfrastructure and Arctic Research Coordination and Policy Support.

  • The Arctic System Science (ARCSS) and Arctic Natural Science (ANS) programs no longer limit submissions per PI.

  • Program descriptions have been updated.

  • Descriptions for Research Networking Activities and Large Project Support (formerly known as Research Project Overview) proposals have been clarified.

  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants are no longer described in this solicitation; please refer to NSF 20-597 where Arctic related submissions will be considered.

For inquiries related to Arctic Research Coordination and Policy Support, please email

Additional information is available on the Arctic Research Opportunities program page:

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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